by Tim Powers
Cover Artist: J.K. Potter
Review by Gayle Surrette
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596066700
Date: 31 December 2014 List Price $35.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I read Tim Power's The Anubis Gates mumble-mumble years ago. I remember enjoying it and putting the author on my watch list, which in those days meant checking the bookstores every time to see if he had anything new out. But somehow I've forgotten the plot details and the characters of that book. Reading Nobody's Home made me add a To Do item to find The Anubis Gates somewhere in the house and re-read it.
In Nobody's Home, Jacky Snapp has disguised herself as a young man. She's been able to fool most, if not all, the people she's had to deal with as she searches for the monster that killed her fiance. One night she notices a woman acting strangely and, when she sees that a ghost is stalking the woman and seems to be intent on killing her, Jacky intervenes.
Garnering the notice of ghosts is not a good thing because once the ghosts notice you other things also begin to converge on you. Jacky and the woman she's rescued set out to rid themselves of their ghosts. Unfortunately, they're going to have to move fast to stay alive and find someone to help them.
This novella keeps the reader turning pages as the tension rises. The information Jacky and her companion gather as well as the hints, descriptions of their world, while seeming familiar, is not our world and yet it is our world, our history, but with all the filters taken off and the unseen world that exists in tandem with ours is visible to some, felt by other, and totally hidden from the rest. Until, you close the book on the last page, the world of Nobody's Home seems real -- freaky, weird, and alien, but solid as the world you return to after the last page.
If you're a fan of Tim Power's works, you'll want to add this book to your collection. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading his work, this short volume is a good way to get a taste before diving into his longer works. In any case, it's entertaining with two strong female characters who manage to keep their heads in dangerous situations.